car2go joined with officials from Arlington County and Washington, D.C. to announce a way to help get millions of area commuters and the region's 53,000-plus car2go members moving more efficiently.
Effective May 26, car2go members will be able to start trips in Arlington, Va., and legally end them in Washington, D.C., and vice versa.
"car2go's mission is to deliver instant, flexible, and affordable mobility for people on their own terms," said Paul DeLong, president and CEO of car2go North America. "Recent surveys make it very clear that the single most important issue on the minds of D.C. area residents is transportation. By working collaboratively with policymakers, innovative mobility companies like ours are helping to bridge the gap by providing more great transportation options to the millions of people who live, work, and play here. car2go's one-way carsharing model is a proven, convenient, and affordable transportation solution that has a significant and beneficial impact in reducing traffic congestion. …"
Prior to cross-jurisdictional access, car2go members had to start and end their trips in the same jurisdiction, according to the company. Today's announcement will allow area residents, commuters, and tourists alike to travel between the District and Arlington County using car2go's one-way carsharing fleet of 800 cars.
"Partnering with Washington, D.C. is a logical next step for Arlington's year-long demonstration study with car2go," said Dennis Leach, Arlington County’s director of transportation. "Our residents, workers, and visitors will benefit from a seamless carsharing network that allows them to cross into the District, providing another transportation option for their daily trips."
Currently, car2go has waived its $35 membership fee and is providing new members with 15 minutes of free drive time, according to the company.
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